Community coming together to honor fallen firefighters

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The community is coming together with words of support for the family of York firefighter Ivan Flanscha.

His funeral was Tuesday, Flanscha and firefighter Zachary Anthony died last week when the fourth floor of a former piano company collapsed.

Many local businesses are offering a helping hand in this time of need. George Sheffler, the executive chef of Victor’s Restaurant, says a tragedy like this is a difficult situation.

“My hearts go out to the families and the department. It’s just the greatest tragedy ever,” Sheffler said. “It’s a difficult situation. It really hasn’t happened in almost 40, 50 years.

Local businesses around the county are donating their resources to help make a difference, and that’s the story at Victor’s.

“You know, without community support, we won’t exist, and without supporting our community, the community is not going to exist,” said Sheffler.

Victor’s is donating part of their proceeds for the next three days to a firefighter’s fund.

“Their commitment is way bigger than what we’re doing. What we’re doing is just offering a little bit of help, and thank you and gratitude. What those guys do every day, it’s very difficult,” said Sheffler.

It’s a job that hits close to home. Sheffler comes from a long line of York firefighters. His dad, grandfather, and uncle all served.

“Being tied and you know, the longevity of what my dad, my uncles, grandparents, and all those guys did, it makes you think. It always makes you wonder,” said Sheffler.

Customers and residents, like Anita Adams, are standing right there with there community.

“To know that restaurants like this, places like this are willing to give back, I think that’s wonderful,” she said.

You can help the families of Ivan Flanscha and Zachary Anthony. A GoFundMe page has been set up with a goal of $100,000. For more information click here.

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